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Infamous punk rocker Sid Vicious is in line to receive an unlikely honour from Tunbridge Wells.
Vicious, real name John Richie, was a pupil at the town's Sandown Court school - now called The Skinners' Kent Academy - for three years between 1969 and 1971.
The bass player's name is among 32 famous former Tunbridge Wells residents nominated for a blue plaque.
Volunteers won funds from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for 20 of the plaques, which cost around £300 each.
Vicious died from a heroin overdose aged 21 in 1979 after being arrested over his partner Nancy Spungen’s death in New York.
Alastair Tod, chairman of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society, told a national newspaper: "We're all prepared to argue the case if necessary.
'We would be prepared to defend the inclusion of any of the names on our list.
'It's only a longlist, though, and I think Sid Vicious is probably an outlier."
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